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USPS Delays Trickle Down | Democratic Delegates Go Digital | Medical Marijuana Updates

A mail truck parked on a neighborhood street.
Pope Moysuh
Businesses and patients are among those now concerned about United States Postal Service delivery delays they are experiencing.

USPS users are bearing the brunt of mail delays and the service's financial shortcomings, Kansas and Missouri Democratic Party delegates are adjusting to a virtual version of their national political convention, and the medical marijuana program in Missouri has a deadline of late-September.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:53: How a hurting USPS affects businesses and rural communities.

For people who rely on the United State Postal Service, its current struggles with delays and financial shortfalls can be alarming. One Lawrence, Kansas, bookstore wouldn't survive without the Postal Service. A Lee's Summit, Missouri, veteran depends on the USPS to deliver his prescription medication.

Segment 2, beginning at 30:55: Being a delegate at the country's first digital national political convention.

Democratic delegates are disappointed they can't join their out-of-state colleagues in-person for the national political convention, going on virtually now, but there are other, new opportunities for connecting with the party platform and members closer to home.

Segment 3, beginning at 42:47: It's been two years since Missouri voters approved medical marijuana, and no one is getting cannabis yet.

More than 60,000 Missourians have applied for a medical marijuana card. Zero of them have received medical marijuana in the state. "There's been a lot of water pass under the bridge" since Missouri set a spring 2020 deadline for getting sales off the ground, said the state official in charge. His official deadline for opening up shop is now late summer.

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